Donald F. Boeschis a Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and University System of Maryland’s Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability. He earned his B.S. in biology at Tulane University and Ph.D. in oceanography at the College of William and Mary. Don has conducted research on coastal and continental shelf ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast, and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia, and the East China Sea. He serves as a member of the Maryland Governor’s Bay Cabinet and was appointed by President Obama to the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. Don has been engaged in assessing the impacts of global climate change, co-authoring several reports for the state, federal government and National Academy of Sciences, including Global Warming and the Free State, Global Climate Change in the United States, and America’s Climate Choices. Recently, he led a panel of scientists that updated sea-level rise projections for Maryland at the request of Governor O’Malley. Don also heads the Maryland-Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research (MADE CLEAR) Program to advance climate change education throughout the two states.
Yannick Glemarec joined the UN in 1989. He has held increasingly responsible positions with UNDP Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh. He served as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility and Director of Environment Finance in New York from June 2007 to January 2012. He was appointed Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in February 2013. In this present capacity, he has primary responsibility for the establishment and administration of about 100 trust funds supporting humanitarian, post conflict, development and climate actions in over 100 countries.
He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of environment, low carbon development and sustainable development finance.
Christopher Shore is World Vision International's Director of Natural Environment and Climate Issues. A serial "intrapreneur", Chris has led this relatively new part of World Vision's work since 2006 when he began investigating if and how to harness the emerging markets for carbon credits for poverty alleviation. As World Vision began understanding better the issues involved in climate change, Chris changed roles and began leading this work full-time. His team works on issues of environmental restoration and protection, as well as climate change adaptation, mitigation, and advocacy.
Through 2008 Chris led World Vision's work in Economic Development. In this capacity World Vision laid out a strategy of ensuring sustainable access to financial services, markets, technology, information, and know-how. Chris led the development of World Vision's first work in economic recovery, and into innovative ways of raising microfinance capital. In the area of microfinance, under Chris' leadership, World Vision grew its work in microfinance from $18 million to $175 million in lending capital, working in 47 countries. Chris was the founder of VisionFund International which is World Vision's holding and operating company for its microfinance operations. VisionFund has continued to grow and now has over $340 million in lending portfolio.
Prior to moving to California in 2000, Chris led World Vision's work in Romania. Chris not only led the organization into rural economic development, innovative partnerships, and large social movements, but expanded the work he helped begin in microfinance, in reforming the governmental system of care for special needs children, and was instrumental in leading World Vision's work which modeled in three counties the restructuring of the entire system of care for children for the nation, moving it from an institutional basis to a family basis.
Tom Tidwell has spent 33 years in the Forest Service. He has served in a variety of positions at all levels of the agency, including as district ranger, forest supervisor, and legislative affairs specialist in the Washington Office. As deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region, Tom facilitated collaborative approaches to wildland fire management, roadless area management, and other issues. As regional forester for the Northern Region, Tom strongly supported community-based collaboration in the region, finding solutions based on mutual goals and thereby reducing the number of appeals and lawsuits. In 2009, after being named Chief, Tom set about implementing the Secretary’s vision for America’s forests. Under his leadership, the Forest Service is restoring healthy, resilient forest and grassland ecosystems—ecosystems that can sustain all the benefits that Americans get from their wildlands, including plentiful supplies of clean water, abundant habitat for wildlife and fish, renewable supplies of wood and energy, and more. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service has charted a national roadmap for addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation. Such challenges cross borders and boundaries; no single entity can meet them alone. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service is working with states, Tribes, private landowners, and other partners for landscape-scale conservation—to restore ecosystems on a landscape scale.
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